Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Landmark day for Bec

Bec's first day at school. She seemed to handle it much better than her parents - leading the charge and telling us where to go. Will put a couple of photo's of her in her uniform when I get home.

14km run into work. Run at about 11am due to seeing Bec off to school. Felt much more relaxed and supple maybe as a result of the later start. It reflected in the times - 26:57 at Spit Junction and 57:32 all up. Very easy run though not puffing at any stage.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Pain in the Domain

Rocked up to Pain still feeling the effects of the last 2 days running so wasn't expecting too much. Also pretty hot and I only had my thick t-shirt to wear (plus shorts, socks and shoes of course). Pushed all the reps as usual and was very pleased with a 1:58 for the long rep. I was chasing MBL Dave all the way - felt strongest over the final 100 metres. He ran a 1:55 so is obviously in very good form. I suggested he come to Lane Cove on Saturday for the 10km race.

Particularly pleased with the 1:58 as the total time was a very quick 25:10 - 30 seconds quicker than ever before.

Backing up


14km run home from work. Felt great stretching the legs after yesterday's slower run. Was dreaming about breaking PB's, sprint finishes to races and stepping up a level - then looked at my watch and realised the time was very average. Felt easy though, breathing easily at the end.

30:30 at Toyota Garage and 58:32 all up.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Middle Harbour Picnic

Perfect day for running - clear, sunny and cool. Ran 30kms (furthest ever) with the Striders Star starting and finishing at Roseville Chase. Fantastic run taken at a nice easy pace. About 2:20 all up.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Australia Day




Very easy jog to Long Reef in 34:42.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

The dreaded Hickson Road

Usual reps of 5 x 1.2km with 2 minute rest. Richard P, Peter W and Darren Q turned up but were only doing 3 and taking them easy with races over the next few days. So I was on my own for the first and final 2 reps. Which was apparent from my times:

3:47; 3:35; 3:39; 3:40; 3:43.

Very pleased with the second and third reps where I was chasing down the other 3 lads and the third in particular which Darren pushed me on.

10km in total.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

There's always something.... make things uncomfortable. 14km run into work. Very easy pace. Cool conditions, no wind and slight drizzle would have made for a very pleasant run but I picked too much nail off my big toe last night and the rest of the nail seems now to be in-growing. From Spit Juntion onwards, any downhill section was very painful.

28:06 at Spit Junction, 59:17 all up. I may be struggling in my speed sessions but keeping a steady pace in these longer runs is becoming much easier.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Pain in the Domain

Big crowd today to help push things along in hot conditions. Keith Bateman turned up, along with Durante and Dave from MBL. Led out far too quickly again, but that didn't slow down the reps. Pushed all of the initial ones, and just failed to catch Dave on the Farm Cove rep for a 1:59. 25:42 all up - second fastest ever in hot conditions. Struggled over the final two reps.

7km all up including the warm down.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Warm but breezy

Head out at lunchtime for the Balls Head loop as the weather looked so nice out of the window this morning. Felt quite light on my feet which was encouraging after the long run yesterday. 26:35 at the water stop at Balls Head and 56:57 all up for the 14km. Trying to take these longer runs easier at the moment so save my energy for the fast sessions.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Longer stuff again


Long North Head route. Quite warm but lovely conditions really. Took it very easy to start with (although I didn't necessarily intend to). 48 minutes at the stone arch. Was embarassed by the slow time so picked it up in the second half. Felt strong right through to the end so was pleased with that. 23km in 1:38:41.


Rest. Rebecca's b'day party. Was knackered.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Sunny, warm, bit of breeze

Easy 8km to Darling Point and back with Pete to see if we could see the flipped Maserati on Bilyard Ave. No such luck, not even any pools of shattered glass. They tidy up after themselves thoroughly in those parts.

Very gentle run feeling a little tired after yesterday's session. Brings up 70km for the week which is a good return to training.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Hickson Road

5x1.2km reps along Hickson Road with strict 2 min rests.

Not much good to say about this session other than:

(a) I did it.
(b) I'm not injured.
(c) They didn't get slower.

3:48, 3:44, 3:45, 3:46, 3:43.

That is, about 7 seconds slower per rep than at my peak in November. Which suggests I'm about a minute down on my 10km times. Must have been some wind on the return reps given the times but didn't feel much out there.

In fairness, I took the first couple easily worrying about whether I would hold up for the whole session, and it was only me and Chris out there, with me chasing Chris after giving him approx. 15 seconds per rep so most were by myself. Dave and Darren Quarrel joined in the last rep - Darren seems keen to join us next week. Where hopefully I'll be quicker.

10km all up with jog there and back.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Titles are becoming tedious

14km run into work. No watch so no time but took it very easy and felt comfortable all the way as a result. About 25C with little wind.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Back to Pain

Pain in the Domain plus warmdown. About 7km. 26:04 all up but no individual split on the Farm Cove rep. Led out far too quickly such that there was little difference between the reps and the jogs in between. Met Serge for the first time who is coming back from injury and pushed the reps up until the Farm Cove rep.

First session I've felt good in for a long time so very pleasing. Don't think the Farm Cove rep was under 2 mins as the final few reps felt too comfortable.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Back to work


Short North Head route (16km) ran in the mid-afternoon heat. Too hot, too jet-lagged and too-unfit to be comfortable. Really struggled from half-way onwards but pleased to have finished my longest run in over 3 weeks.


Darling Point standard route (8km) run at 4pm. Still struggling with the stiff achilles' despite plenty of stretching. Fairly uneventful run. Not too fast, not too slow but not too comfortable.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Back home


5 miles on the treadmill in Miami. 29:27. Can't run on a treadmill without pushing it.


Arrived home at around noon and ran a very easy 5km late afternoon.


Manly route, late afternoon. No watch (still broken from Cartegena) but fairly brisk with a following wind most of the way.

Just in case anyone reads this, here are a few photos from Colombia....

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Letter from Cartagena

Have spent our time equally between Geoff´s hotel in Cartagena old town and his beach house 40km up the road. On the running front, I´ve managed a 30 minute run each morning other than 3 days off. It´s very hot (30 degrees by the time I head out at 7.30am) but most of the running has been on the beach so no hills. Nothing too slow but just trying not to lose too much fitness before returning to proper training next week.

The holiday has been fantastic. Colombia has renewed my interest in travelling. The people are fascinating. Looking forward to the bullfight tomorrow for which we managed to grab some tickets....